Librivox recording of The Rainbow, by D.H. Lawrence.
The Rainbow is a 1915 novel by British author D.H. Lawrence. It follows three generations of the Brangwen family, particularly focusing on the sexual dynamics of, and relations between, the characters. (Summary from Wikipedia)
Read by Debra Lynn.
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Donald R Miller -
November 17, 2013 Subject:
Somewhere in the middle of the debate
I agree with several of the points made by both previous reviewers. It's very nice that someone would volunteer her time to read a book in its entirety, as this lady did. I'm also of the opinion that it's a wise idea to find a book for which one's voice is best suited.
That said, I think this is a good reading. If you look at it as if you have a generous aunt who is reading you the story when you are unable to, it works just fine. Moreover, it's the only reading available on Librivox, so at least someone took the time and trouble to "The Rainbow" available. Contrast this approach with those blessed with a gift for near-professional (and indeed in some instances, profession) quality performing/reading skills who have made no less than six versions of some of Jane Austen's books. Time and talent used redundantly isn't anything to celebrate.
March 23, 2010 Subject:
Another more positive opinion
I respectfully disagree with the previous comments.
As an American I find it easier to understand American accents and I applaud anyone who loves literature enough to record Dickens, Shakespeare. Jane Austen, etc. None of us is old enough to record in an authentic 19th century dialect/accent anyway.
To each their own and I thank DebraLynn for recording this novel. I enjoyed her narration.
March 18, 2010 Subject:
Comment on reader's uncharacteristic accent
Not a review, a comment. I have great difficulty in listening to Tne Rainbow when read in what can only be characterized as 21st century, non-descript, non-literary, non-expressive americanese. Not good for this type of text, totally out of character! This volunteer reader ought really to concentrate on reading text written in the vernacular style of american English in which she herself is fluent. Heaven forbid she should volunteer to read Shakespearean tragedy, for example, no offense to Ms. Lynn. Simply a statement of fact. Thank you for the opportunity to comment.